Trump makes incendiary proposal after repeating false claim that mail-in voting would result in ‘fraudulent’ resultsDonald Trump has floated the idea of delaying November’s presidential election, repeating his false claim that widespread voting by mail from home would result in a “fraudulent” result.Trump made the incendiary proposal, which is not within his power to order, in a Thursday morning tweet that came as the country reeled from disastrous economic news and a coronavirus death toll that now exceeds 150,000 people. Continue reading...
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7 states are preparing to sue the Trump administration, hoping to block it from reducing postal service ahead of the election
Seven US states are considering lawsuits against the Trump administration to block reductions to the USPS...Seven US states are considering lawsuits against the Trump administration to block reductions to the USPS ahead of the November 3 presidential election, according to multiple media reports. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Washington and North Carolina are among them, per The Washington Post. The New York Times reported that New York was also considering action. President Donald Trump is blocking funding to the USPS to stop mail-in voting, which he claims is exposed to electoral fraud. But there is no evidence that mail-in votes are exposed to widespread fraud. Democrats have accused Trump of seeking to sabotage the election. Nancy Pelosi on Sunday announced a recall of the House of Representatives to address the crisis at the USPS. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Seven US states are considering lawsuits against the Trump administration to prevent it further reducing the ability of the US Postal Service to process mail-in votes, according to reports. Six states — Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Washington and North Carolina — are in discussions over how best to sue the Trump administration, reported The Washington Post. Their aims are to prevent operational changes or funding lapses that could affect the forthcoming presidential election. The Post said that the states will likely announce the lawsuits early this week. One of the states in question has a Republican governor — Charlie Baker of Massachusetts — while the other five states are led by Democrats. Two of the states — Pennsylvania and North Carolina — voted for Trump in 2016, with the other four backing Hillary Clinton. The New York Times reported that New York was also among the states considering legal action. Mark R. Herring, the attorney general of Virginia, said: "We are going to make sure that every American's vote counts this fall, whether cast by mail or in person. "My colleagues and I are working as we speak to determine what Trump and [US Postmaster General Louis] DeJoy are doing, whether they have already violated or are likely to violate any laws, and what tools we have at our disposal to put a stop to President Trump's ongoing attack on our Postal Service and our democracy." Pennsylvania, Minnesota and North Carolina are all considered swing states, whose vote will be pivotal in this year's presidential race. The move comes amid growing criticism of Trump's opposition to extra funding to the US Postal Service, and changes made by DeJoy that have reduced the capacity of the service to efficiently process mail. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have urged voters to consider voting by mail to avoid the risk of worsening the coronavirus pandemic by in-person voting, which often involves long lines. There is expected to be a huge surge in mail-in ballots this year. Trump has claimed that mail-in voting is exposed to widespread fraud, an untrue claim dismissed by election officials and election experts speaking to FactCheck.Org last week. Voter fraud does exist in mail-in voting, the experts said, but at very low levels. They concluded that safeguards against such fraud are robust. On Friday, the USPS wrote to 46 US states warning that it could not assure that ballots sent by mail would be delivered in time to be counted in the election, according to Axios. Trump currently trails presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in national polls. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday announced that the House of Representatives would be recalled early to discuss the mail-in voting crisis. Pelosi said she would call on lawmakers to vote on a bill to block the USPS from introducing changes that would slow the delivery of mail before the end of the year. In a statement released on Sunday, Pelosi accused President Trump of a "campaign to sabotage the election."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
Trump walks back his previous suggestions that he would block a stimulus bill that included emergency funding to the US Postal Service
President Donald Trump walked back an apparent threat he levied on Thursday morning to reject a...President Donald Trump walked back an apparent threat he levied on Thursday morning to reject a hypothetical COVID-19 relief package that included $25 billion in emergency grants for the US Postal Service. At a briefing, CNN asked Trump whether comments he made to Fox Business, saying that withholding funding from the USPS would prevent "universal mail-in voting," meant he would reject future USPS funding. "No, not at all," Trump said, then falsely claiming, "But one of the reasons the post office needs that much money is they have all these millions of ballots coming in from nowhere." They would be coming from registered voters in the US. Trump described the fight over USPS funding as "a small part of a big negotiation" around the next stimulus bill, saying, "if the bill isn't going to get done, it means the post office isn't going to get funded." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump walked back an apparent threat he levied on Thursday morning — to reject a hypothetical COVID-19 relief package that included $25 billion in emergency grants for the US Postal Service — in an evening press briefing at the White House. Throughout the pandemic, Trump has rejected giving emergency funds or grants to the cash-strapped USPS, which does not take taxpayer money and has seen a major revenue shortfall from the decline in mail volume caused by the pandemic. In a Thursday morning interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo, Trump suggested that he would reject emergency funding for the post office over his opposition to mail voting in a possible next COVID-19 relief bill. In addition to criticizing the US Postal Service, Trump has spread false and exaggerated claims that voting by mail is inherently fraudulent. In reality, rates of fraud are extremely low, and there's no evidence that expanding voting by mail hurts or benefits either political party. "They want $25 billion — billion — for the post office. Now they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots," Trump told Bartiromo, referring to a bill passed by House Democrats in May that would have given the USPS $25 billion in grants and $3.6 billion to states in election assistance. "Now, in the meantime, they aren't getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting ... because they're not equipped," Trump added. But Trump slightly changed his tune in a Thursday evening press briefing with reporters, significantly scaling back his apparent threat to reject any bill with additional USPS funding and saying instead that if Congress can't come to a deal to approve another At the briefing, CNN's Kaitlan Collins directly asked Trump if he would expressly veto any coronavirus relief bill that included funding for the Postal Service. "No, not at all," Trump responded. "But one of the reasons the post office needs that much money is they have all these millions of ballots coming in from nowhere and nobody knows from where and where they're going." In addition to repeating a misleading claim that ballots simply come out nowhere (many states use ballot tracking systems and require signatures on envelopes for returned ballots, among other things), Trump's claim that the postal service is in dire financial straights because of the uptick in mail voting is also false. Even with states scaling up and expanding the availability of mail voting, ballots and election mail ultimately make up a very small percentage of the mail they process. The US Postal Service also processes other essential mail and medications. As Amber McReynolds, the former director of the Denver Elections Division and the CEO of the National Vote At Home Institute, told Insider in April, the USPS processed over 140 billion pieces of mail in 2019, meaning that even if a ballot were sent to all of the approximately 250 million voting-age Americans, it would only make up 0.2% of the Postal Service's total volume. Trump described the fight over USPS funding as "a small part of a big negotiation" around the next stimulus bill, saying, "if the bill isn't going to get done, it means the post office isn't going to get funded, the $3.5 billion isn't going to get taken care of, so I don't know how you could possibly use these mail-in ballots." States have, even with minimal outside help from the federal government, have been expanding the availability and ease of voting by mail in the pandemic. The CARES Act passed in March gave $400 million in election assistance to grants, which fell far short of the $4 billion experts at the Brennan Center for Justice said was necessary for the federal government to provide for states both to expand mail voting and provide for safe in-person voting as well. The HEROES Act, if passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, would have given out $3.6 billion in election assistance to states and required that states expand voter registration opportunities and in-person early voting, mandate that states allow citizens to vote by mail without an excuse and with pre-paid postage, and require states to send out ballots to all or most registered voters in emergencies. When Collins pushed Trump to explain his comments from Thursday morning, he said, "what I'm against is doing something where the people aren't taken care of. And the people aren't being taken care of properly. We want the people to get money, it wasn't their fault that they got shut down," describing USPS funding and election assistance as "two points within a big deal."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
The president’s long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting...The president’s long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting amid concerns that he has politicized oversight of the agency.